There are 3 habits I have that I consistently indulged in over the last several months. Thank god. I almost thought that I’d be tormented by this challenge. As the neurotic that I am, I managed to develop several habits. Some of them are good. Some of them are not so good. But all of them have one thing in common: they help me keep my panic at bay. And I always panic, especially since I got promoted.
The following 3 habits help me make sure that I don’t flip out too much.
This is undoubtedly the worst habit I have. Whenever I feel especially stressed – and that’s pretty darn often – I start nibbling on the nails. I managed to stop doing this for a while, and managed to have a year or two of being actually able to use nail polish to flattering effect. Then one of my nails broke and I realized that it’s hard to knit or crochet with long nails. I know it’s wrong, but resuming the biting just felt right. Maybe I’ll try to stop this again someday.
Drinking Coca Cola
There’s no better way to assure me that I
will stay awake than giving me at least one 500 mL bottle of Coca Cola per day. This same reassurance ensures that I can focus on the task I’m supposed to finish by the end of the day. Why not go for the more standard coffee or tea? Because tea doesn’t quite work (even though I love it and it settles my stomach) and coffee makes me crash like one of those Airplanes in Air Crash Investigations. So Coke it is. Here’s to dying of diabetes!
Listening to the TV as I Fall Asleep
As I have mentioned before, I am very much someone who has conversations with her brain all the time. This is usually great, until I try to go to sleep. My mind seems to take bedtime as a cue to not shut up. And the thing is that what it wants to talk about just as I’m about to drift off is my JOB, which wakes me up, which is bad when I have to go to work the next day. Mr. TV helps distract my brain, getting it to prattle on and on about that Grimm re-run instead of what I should be doing better at the office.
I’m pretty sure that I’m the only person in the world who uses this PARTICULAR mix of habits to cope with stress. I could be wrong, though.
I wonder what everyone else does?